What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Like the yearning, doomed young clones in Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, three teenagers with XP (a life-threatening allergy to sunlight) are a species unto themselves. As seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Allie Kim, they roam the silent streets, looking for adventure, while others sleep. When Allie's best friend introduces the trio to Parkour, the stunt-sport of running and climbing off forest cliffs and tall buildings (risky in daylight and potentially deadly by darkness), they feel truly alive, equal to the "daytimers."
On a random summer night, while scaling a building like any other, the three happen to peer into an empty apartment and glimpse an older man with what looks like a dead girl. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues that escalates through the underground world of hospital confinement, off-the-grid sports, and forbidden love. Allie, who can never see the light of day, discovers she's the lone key to stopping a human monster.

About Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the very first Oprah Book Club pick, as well as more than twenty other critically acclaimed books for adults and teens. A nominee for several national and international awards, she served on the 2004 Fiction Jury for the National Book Award. In addition, she is a longtime journalist and regular contributor to Real Simple and Parade magazines.
Published January 8, 2013 by Soho Teen. 243 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A trio of teens afflicted with a rare genetic disorder that necessitates complete avoidance of sunlight dedicate themselves to the practice of the extreme sport of Parkour in this interesting but somewhat complicated thriller.

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Bestselling author Mitchard launches the Soho Teen imprint with a contemporary thriller whose tension and excitement are tempered by coincidences, near misses, and credulity-stretching assumptions.

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Teen Reads

(Allie’s mom warns her to be home by sunrise.) It’s all of the fun of outcasts having thrilling and rebellious adventures in the lonely, mysterious night that we’re used to getting from vampire books.

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When Allie awkwardly calls an old friend to reconnect, she’s watched by the local pizzeria’s alcoholic owner: “Maybe that's why he drank so much: he understood that basic social interaction was sometimes a lot harder than risking your life.” Her mother knows Allie is in a race against time, so sh...

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Project MUSE

Afflicted with xeroderma pigmentosum, essentially a fatal allergy to sunlight, sixteen-year- old Allie and her fellow sufferers, Rob and Juliet, rule the night in the small Minnesotan town where their clinic is located and where they struggle to come to terms with an illness that will likely kill...

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Shades of Sentience

Because of the parkour I had high hopes for the novel, which weren’t met with the oddly stilted characters, who I didn’t feel acted or reacted realistically to situations.

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When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour --- the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall building --- Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her.

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Readers of fantasy and paranormal books will find moments to wonder whether something otherworldy is underfoot, but Jacquelyn Mitchard’s WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT takes place within the realm of reality.

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